Council meeting update
Wed, February 03, 2021
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council opened this month’s Council meeting by paying a warm tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore following his death.
Alderman Mark Fielding described the 100-year-old World War II veteran as a real-life superhero who captured the hearts of so many during his magnificent fundraising for NHS Charities Together.
The Mayor also condemned the weekend graffiti attack on St Mary’s Church in Limavady, stating that it was sad to see a place of worship targeted and such a despicable act served no purpose.
At the Council meeting, held on Tuesday 2nd February, members ratified the following decisions:
Join the Green Dog Walker’s Scheme as a proactive and positive way to address the issue of dog fouling.
Leisure and Development
Formalise public access arrangements on Cushendall Cliff Path (known as the Layd Path) with the landowner, and carry out infrastructure improvements on the popular coastal walking route, utilising funding opportunities.
Support the work of Ballykelly Residents Association by entering into a Shared Management Agreement for its portacabin at Kings Lane Playing Fields while also completing essential works and energy saving measures.
Progress the first phase of Council’s Centenary Programme, with associated budget subject to the rates setting process.
Corporate Policy and Resources
Adopt the new Corporate Strategy which will enable the Council to define and agree its priorities and strategic direction for the next four years.
Speaking after the Council meeting, the Mayor Alderman Mark Fielding said: “It’s important that our ratepayers recognise that we continue to deliver for them, and Council business carries on despite the challenging times we find ourselves in. We’re well aware of the problem of dog fouling which exists right across the Borough and I hope that by joining the Green Dog Walker’s Scheme we will start to see improvements. I would implore all dog owners to recognise their responsibilities in keeping our Borough clean and safe for everyone and I hope the public see the benefits of this programme.
“The adoption of a new Council Strategy is a significant development as we move forward and I’m pleased to see the process reach this stage. It’s important for our effectiveness and efficiency that we have these corporate guidelines in place which will underpin Council business over the next four years.
Notice of Motion
During the meeting, the Mayor allowed a Notice of Motion, proposed by Councillor McMullan, seconded by Councillor Chivers, with an amendment proposed by Councillor Anderson, seconded by Councillor McQuillan, to be heard as urgent business:
That this council calls on the Agricultural Minister as a matter of urgency to apply for additional Covid funding in response to the urgent call by the Finance Minister for such bids. We also call on the Finance Minister to ensure that funding that has been approved to subsidise those businesses still waiting on payment of grant due to Covid restrictions are expedited.
The Notice of Motion was passed unanimously.
As per normal Council procedures, all decisions are subject to the ‘call-in’ process.
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